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The Economic Development Division is responsible for growing the local economy in Downey. Specifically, the department strives to attract and retain quality businesses within the city and maintain a business-friendly environment for Downey businesses. Economic Development uses a variety of tools and initiatives to implement its objectives and these items are further discussed below. You can contact the City of Downey Economic Development Division at 562-904-7152. The Economic Development Department continues to faciliate new development at the former NASA Industrial Plant site. The link at the left provides more information about development at the former NASA site. Additionally, City staff continue to work on facilating development citywide at various opportunity sites. For a profile of these oppportunity sites, use the links on the left. Economic Development oversees two redevelopment project areas and uses the tools of redevelopment to attract and retain quality businesses in Downey. Redevelopment resources are also used to make infrastructure upgrades within the redevelopment project areas. Use the link on the left to view maps of the redevelopment project areas. BUSINESS RETENTION AND ATTRACTION The City of Downey actively recruits quality commercial businesses to Downey. It is essential that the City help its existing businesses to grow and create a business climate that attracts new businesses to Downey. This initiative helps to assure that Downey has a solid sales tax base.